Cessnock residents will have the chance to become better prepared for the upcoming bushfires season this weekend, which is the Rural Fire Service's Get Ready Weekend.
Get Ready Weekend (September 19-20) provides an opportunity for residents to engage with local RFS brigades, find out about the bush fire risk in their area, and to plan and prepare for the season ahead.
This year, brigades will be offering a number of ways to participate in Get Ready Weekend, from fire station events to discussing your fire plan online.
The Pokolbin brigade is among those holding in-person information sessions.
The station on McDonalds Road (next to Pokolbin Community Hall) will be open from 2pm to 4pm Saturday.
Deputy captain and community engagement officer Lewis Drayton said firefighters will be available to chat and hand out resources to help families and business owners prepare their properties for the impact of bushfire.
"Strict COVID guidelines will be in place to ensure the safety of our community and our firefighters," he said.
The Laguna station will be open from 1pm to 4pm Saturday, with a 20-person limit. Residents are welcome to drop in during these times or make an appointment by calling 4998 8206.
The Wollombi brigade will hold an information kiosk in the grounds of Wollombi Tavern on Saturday from 3pm to 6pm.
The North Rothbury station will be open on Saturday from 10am to 2pm, while the Greta brigade Wyndham Ridge Park in West Street on Sunday from 10am to 12pm.
The Millfield brigade will hold a street meeting on Congewai Road from 10am to 1pm Sunday.
Some local RFS stations - including Quorrobolong, Bucketty and Benwerrin - have moved their Get Ready Weekend activities online this year, and will provide information via their Facebook pages.
Find out what's happening at a station near you this weekend by checking out the map at rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/getready.